People take Eastern red cedar for cough, bronchitis, joint pain (rheumatism), water retention, and flatulence. They also take it to improve appetite and digestion, and as a treatment for fungal infections and worms.
People apply Eastern red cedar to the skin for wounds, skin rashes, hair loss, eczema, acne, warts, fungal skin infections, and hemorrhoids. They also rub it onto joints for rheumatism, and onto the chest for asthma.
In manufacturing, Eastern red cedar is used as a fragrance for soaps, perfumes, and cosmetics. The oil is also used as an insect repellant against moths, flour beetles, cockroaches, mosquitos, termites, and ants.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Fungal infections.
- Hair loss.
- Helping appetite and digestion.
- Joint pain (rheumatism).
- Skin rash.
- Water retention.
- Other conditions.
There is not enough information to know if Eastern red cedar is safe when taken by mouth in small amounts or when applied to the skin.
Special Precautions and Warnings
There is not enough information to know if Eastern red cedar is safe when taken by mouth in small amounts or when applied to the skin. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Eastern red cedar is LIKELY UNSAFE to use during pregnancy. It might cause abortion. Don't use it.
Breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Eastern red cedar during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with EASTERN RED CEDAR
Some sedative medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Eastern red cedar essential oil might increase how quickly the liver breaks down these medications. Using Eastern red cedar essential oil with these medications might decrease how well these medications work.
Be watchful with this combination
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